The time has come when we see the NEW releases at Baselworld. Even though there are many brands showcasing their newest novelties, I only care about three brands. Rolex, Tudor and Patek Philippe.
Without further ado, Tudor released the Black Bay Chornograph in stainless steel. They released other great models as well but this is the most significant watch they released at the fair in my opinion. Those of you who know my style, understand that I am NOT a fan of chronograph watches or date functions. This NEW Tudor Black Bay Chronograph is the rare exception.
For starters, the size is great at 41mm. It could have been 43 mm but it does have the chronograph pushers which make it appear bigger than 41mm. It’s available in two variations: on a steel Oyster style riveted bracelet which retails for $5,050 and a distressed brown leather strap which retails for $4,725. Both versions come with a very cool indigo denim strap with stainless steel hardware.
I have NOT seen this watch in person but it looks and feels like an iconic 1960’s Rolex Daytona. The most impressive part besides the construction, quality and price is the movement. It has been in development for the last couple of years and is a collaboration between Tudor and Breitling. This movement is based off of the Breitling B01 chronograph movement. It’s a column wheel chronograph with two registers. One at the three o’clock position which is the 45 minute chronograph counter and one at the nine o’clock position which is the seconds hand of the watch. The movement is the in house MT5813 calibre which is C.O.S.C certified and has a 70 hour power reserve. This collaboration has allowed Tudor to produce a reliable and robust in house movement at the somewhat affordable price point . When you look at the price of the NEW Rolex Daytona that came out last year which currently retails for $12,400, The NEW Tudor Black Bay Chronograph is a real bargain at less than half the retail price !
I am blown away with the how clean and simply executed this chronograph is . This watch has the iconic styling of the Black Bay Black models that we have all come to know and love. At the same time is has more to offer like the date function which would normally ERK me but it’s subtly yet impactful placed at the six o’clock position. This watch is water resistant to 200 meters which is written in red and a nice nod to the past. The dial is black and domed and has phenomenal contrast. The crown and chronograph pushers are screw down. The crystal is sapphire and domed to give it that classic vintage look.
The only chronograph watch I ever owned was an IWC Portugiuer in steel. I loved it but not enough to keep it. However this watch ticks all the boxes for me. It opens up the chronograph market for Tudor big time and gives hope for the future of their evolution.